Dear Editor, Traffic scenario in Jammu is worsening with each passing day as commuters get caught in traffic snarls for hours before reaching their destination. This, despite claims of the Traffic Police Department of taking measures to streamline the movement of traffic in the city. The worst affected are the female passengers as incidents of eve teasing, chain snatching, etc. are becoming a routine in public transport. Moreover, many a times we have noticed that it is written in mini buses that seat 1-6 is reserved for women but no one ever pays any attention towards this. Overloading is witnessed during the peak hours, particularly during the morning time and females can be seen standing in these overloaded minibuses. To tackle such situations and streamlining the prevailing traffic scenario on the city roads, steps taken by the Jammu Traffic Police in recent months are proving futile, as hardly any scheme has proved its worth and one after the other all their steps have failed. I think strict punishments, and the presence of female cops on every stop will make a huge difference. Unfortunately, the problem is that even if a lady passenger complains about someone of eve teasing or misbehaving, driver and conductor do not pay any attention to this and I believe if female cops are there at the minibus stops one can easily punish them. It is sad that even though we are living in a modern and advanced world but our system still lacks overall safety concerns of women. I think working women are much more prone than men while using public transport which needs to be considered seriously. I believe government needs to invest more in public transport sector to make it more secure for women. Mobile police vans with women police officials should be deployed around the city. The need of the hour is that the concerned agencies should take this issue seriously and ensure safety of women in public transport. Isha Sharma, GCW Parade.
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